Ideas for Small, Intimate Gardens

Jacki Kellum Garden August 2019 – Quickfire Hydrangea, Magic Pink Canna, California Giant Zinnias, Rudbeckia [Black-Eyed Susans], and Sugar Pumpkin Vine

Jacki Kellum Garden May 2019 – Gene Boerner Rose

Jacki Kellum Garden August 2015

Jacki Kellum Garden September 2017

Jacki Kellum Garden Gate 2016

“When the hornet hangs in the hollyhock, And the brown bee drones i’ the rose, And the west is a red-streaked four-o’clock, And summer is near its close It’s Oh, for the gate, and the locust lane; And dusk, and dew, and home again!” – Madison Cawein

In my opinion, a small garden should feel like a cozy room–but set outside. The garden needs a front door or gate, and the plants and seating areas within that gated area should be warm and nurturing. When it is possible, I grow fragrant flowers, like lavender, peonies, and irises, and strolling through my garden also becomes an experience of aromatherapy.

I grow several fragrant roses, but Zepherine Douhine is not fragrant. It is a perfect rose in every other way, however. I grow Zepherines and Clematises to tower above and create high spots in my garden.

I always have climbing plants bounding up into arbors and trellises, and when it is possible, I use a wall as a garden backdrop.  Again, I strive to create an outdoor space that has some sense of privacy and intimacy.

“Come into the garden, Maud, For the black bat, night, has flown,
Come into the garden, Maud, I am here at the gate alone; Maud
And the woodbine spices are wafted abroad,
And the musk of the rose is blown.
For a breeze of morning moves, And the planet of Love is on high,
Beginning to faint in the light that she loves On a bed of daffodil sky.” – Tennyson

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I use large planters and water fountains and waterfalls.

I do everything possible to create gardens that appeal to every sense–including sound. My garden is my antidote for life’s wounds and it is where I go to be restored. Even during the winter, nature is my solace.

“When the hornet hangs in the hollyhock, And the brown bee drones i’ the rose, And the west is a red-streaked four-o’clock, And summer is near its close It’s Oh, for the gate, and the locust lane; And dusk, and dew, and home again!” – Madison Cawein

The following are photos that I found on Google. These garden spaces appeal to me.

 

 

 

 

 

Jacki Kellum Garden August 3, 2019
Quickfire Hydrangea, Magic Pink Canna, California Giant Zinnias, Sugar Pumpkin Fines